Smooth Shiny Black Buttercream?

Decorating By traci_doodle Updated 26 Aug 2011 , 4:53pm by GarciaGM

traci_doodle Posted 19 Aug 2011 , 10:20pm
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I am making a Star Wars cake for my neighbor, and to give her an idea of the design I showed her this picture:

She seems to prefer the look of fondant, but I talked her into BC, since fondant hates me, and she said she liked the look of the buttercream in this picture. But now I'm worried it's not going to look as good and she'll be disappointed. I think I can get the BC pretty smooth, but I'm worried it will look dull. The cake in the picture is airbrushed black. I don't have an airbrush or a steamer, so is my cake going to look dull in comparison? Any tips for making it look better?

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traci_doodle Posted 20 Aug 2011 , 12:47am
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Anyone? Mostly I just want to know if black buttercream will have a dull finish if I just put the food color in the BC. I tried to search for images with black frosting, but I guess most people don't want all that food coloring. icon_smile.gif

SweetDelites Posted 20 Aug 2011 , 12:56am
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I used black buttercream a few times, it wasn't dull. However it takes a lot of black to get a good color.

hammer1 Posted 20 Aug 2011 , 12:59am
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Better give them a heads up about eating all that black lips and

GarciaGM Posted 20 Aug 2011 , 1:27am
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How does your neighbor feel about using chocolate buttercream? If you start with it for the black icing, you won't have to add so much coloring, and, my chocolate buttercream anyways, often has more of that (greasy?) shine to it. Although you could probably achieve the same thing by decreasing your powdered sugar ever so slightly. That might make your icing a little softer than you prefer though.

Kiddiekakes Posted 20 Aug 2011 , 1:31am
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It depends on the icing recipe..I get a really good shiny black because I use WBH which is a whipped bakery icing and the colors always look shiny.Almost like a IMBC or SMBC.Most BC's look dull.

GarciaGM Posted 20 Aug 2011 , 1:39am
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Now that I think about it...could it be that my chocolate is so shiny because it's an all-butter recipe? Just a thought.

traci_doodle Posted 20 Aug 2011 , 4:14am
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I was planning on doing chocolate buttercream. I guess I'll have to experiment and see how it looks before I frost the cake. Wish me luck! I always have such high expectations, fall short, but then everyone seems to love it anyway. I guess I'm my own worst critic. Now if I can just make up my mind over which white cake recipe to make. icon_smile.gif

traci_doodle Posted 26 Aug 2011 , 4:46pm
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Well, I finished! It wasn't as "shiny" as the original, but I'm really happy with how it turned out!

GarciaGM Posted 26 Aug 2011 , 4:53pm
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Great job!! Kudos for doing all that work!!

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